The USPP programme integrates three core focus areas to provide a comprehensive educational experience:
• Urban Theory Core Course provides students with a foundation that incorporates centuries of critical thinking about cities, and reviews historical and emerging urban planning paradigms.
• Urban Data and Methods Core Courses teach social science research methodologies, Geographic Information Science (GIS) and relevant data science techniques such as machine learning, network analysis and interactive data visualization. These courses train USPP students to effectively collect, analyse and present data in the context of urban planning and policy.
• Urban Practice and Policy Core Courses prepare students to critically assess, understand and craft evidence-based policies and programmes, while being attuned to the institutional context of urban economics, politics and governance.